The Overwatch World Cup is back, but this time you get to help your country make the cut.
The 2017 Overwatch World Cup is bringing 32 teams representing 32 countries together to compete for glory once again, but this time countries are invited based on their average competitive skill rating from its top 100 players. So the more you and your fellow countrypeople have won in competitive, the better chance your country has at competing at the Overwatch World Cup this year.
In a change from last year’s World Cup, fans no longer get to directly vote for who they want to play on their country’s team. This time around, players vote on which Overwatch experts (chosen by Blizzard) will assemble the teams for them. These experts will include analysts, coaches, statisticians, and more. Only “eligible players” will be able to vote for them, although Blizzard did not share what qualifies them at the time of the announcement regarding eligibility.
Voting will begin after the top 32 countries are locked in on April 26. You can see where your country ranks at any point at the Overwatch World Cup website. Currently, the top five countries in the world are South Korea (last year’s champions), China, the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Last year’s 60 countries were pre-selected by Blizzard, which didn’t include many countries with Overwatch communities. This year, there are no limits on which countries can make it.
After teams are decided, they’ll be split into four groups of eight and compete at week-long live qualifiers this summer. Fans can watch the matches online for free or attend in person at venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. The top teams will move onto the finals at BlizzCon.
More information about the 2017 Overwatch World Cup schedule will trickle out as we get closer to the summer but, in the meantime, go help your country make it to the top 32.